China lands spacecraft on ‘dark’ side of moon in world first

Space 01/03/19, 05:53

China's burgeoning space program achieved a first on Thursday: a landing on the so-called dark side of the moon. Three nations — the United States, the former Soviet Union and more recently China — have sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon, which faces Earth, but this landing is ...

NASA’s 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary

Space 12/18/18, 12:25

NASA's first flight to the moon is marking its 50th anniversary.FILE - This Dec. 24, 1968, file photo made available by NASA shows the Earth behind the surface of the moon during the Apollo 8 mission. (William Anders/NASA via AP, File)FILE - In this Dec. 18, 1968, file photo, Apollo ...

First private Israeli lunar mission will launch in February

Science 12/17/18, 11:47

An Israeli nonprofit on Monday said it has pushed back the launch of what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on the moon until February.Officials from SpaceIL and its project partner, the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, announced that the landing craft, dubbed "Beresheet," or Genesis, will ...

China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

Europe 12/07/18, 19:47

China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the U.S.A Long March 3B rocket carrying a lunar probe blasted off at 2:23 a.m. from ...

Next US moon landing will be by private companies, not NASA

U.S. 11/29/18, 15:12

America's next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA.NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete in delivering experiments to the lunar surface. Bridenstine says NASA will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there.The goal ...

With a smirk, official says Russia will verify moon landings

Europe 11/24/18, 14:25

The head of Russia's Roscosmos space agency has said that a proposed Russian mission to the moon will be tasked with verifying that the American moon landings were real, though he appeared to be making a joke."We have set this objective to fly and verify whether they've been there or ...

NASA accepts delivery of European powerhouse for moonship

Europe 11/16/18, 13:30

NASA has accepted delivery of a key European part needed to power the world's next-generation moonship.U.S. and European leaders gathered at Kennedy Space Center on Friday to mark the occasion.Mark Kirasich, speaks at a news conference as U.S. and European leaders gathered at the Kennedy Space Center Friday, Nov. 16, ...

NASA film by Rory Kennedy revisits her uncle’s challenge

Entertainment 10/11/18, 14:45

Filmmaker Rory Kennedy couldn't resist the obvious place to open her new documentary on NASA. That's a news clip of her uncle, President John F. Kennedy, challenging the space agency to land a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s.Kennedy said she wanted to give people who ...

Russian space chief: No ‘2nd-tier status’ with NASA outpost

Space 09/22/18, 10:58

Russia's space agency chief said Saturday that it wouldn't accept a second-tier role in a NASA-led plan to build an outpost near the moon, but Roscosmos spokesman quickly clarified that Russia is still staying in the project.Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that Russia ...

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

Science 09/18/18, 02:36

After announcing that he'll take the first-ever commercial rocket trip around the moon, Yusaku Maezawa said he wants company for the weeklong journey. The Japanese billionaire said he plans to invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people to join him on board the SpaceX rocket "to ...

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